Customers wait for hours on long lines as New Jersey MVC offices reopen

Hundreds of New Jersey residents waited for hours on long lines as the state Motor Vehicle Commission offices reopened.

News 12 Staff

Jul 7, 2020, 3:17 PM

Updated 1,381 days ago

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Hundreds of New Jersey residents waited for hours on long lines as the state Motor Vehicle Commission offices reopened.
The MVC locations were closed for several months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which meant that many people were unable to take their road tests, get driver’s licenses or register their vehicles.
People all across the state showed up hours before the offices opened to get their place in line. Many had set up lawn chairs and were not situated 6 feet apart for social distancing. But many were wearing masks.
The MVC site in Springfield was open only for titles and registrations.
“I bought a motorcycle. It’s been sitting in my driveway for a month and I need to transfer the title over and plates and registration,” said Boris Anevsky.
He said that he wants to ride the motorcycle, so he was willing to wait for as long as it took.
Watch: Frustrated customers wait for hours as NJ MVC office reopen
“Actually, it’s been pretty great. We made friends on line over here,” he said.
Friends who actually saved his space in line for a time.
“They saved me my space, so I went and got a haircut and went and got lunch. I’m doing good,” he said.
But many others felt very frustrated that they had to wait hours on line and hope that the MVC had come up with an alternative way to handle the crowds.
While the MVC did reopen on Tuesday, the agency also extended license, registration and inspection dates to July 31, so people did not have to rush out on the first day.
“While we understand the frustration of our customers in this extremely challenging and difficult time, our employees are doing the best they can to keep everyone safe and work as efficiently as possible,” said chief administrator Sue Fulton.
The Springfield location was only allowing five people inside at a time to allow for proper social distancing. Police officers were stationed out front to monitor the crowds.


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